Bully's East Prime Bistro Sports Bar

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$30 and under
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Prime Rib

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Bully's East is conveniently located in the heart of Mission Valley. As you enter, you feel the warmth of the rich mahogany bar. Locals have been gathering here for four decades to enjoy their favorite beverages and great bar food. It's also the perfect place to view a sporting event. Since its establishment, Bully's East has served more prime rib than any other San Diego restaurant, preparing only USDA Choice, Midwestern, corn-fed, aged beef. It also offers many healthy dining options. Chef Luis Martinez and his culinary staff continually create new dishes, taking advantage of the freshest local produce and seafood to bring diners the best possible culinary experience. Enjoy fine dining in this relaxed environment with over 45 years of experience and tradition. Make sure you save room for Bully's sinful desserts like the Chocolate Lava Cake.



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d
San Diego
64 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

If you don't mind having dinner with loud bar noise this place would suffice.

B
San Diego
197 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

I've enjoyed the beef at Bullys for years. The last several visits I've had fish. They really do seafood well. I had Seabass and it was delicious. So often seafood is over cooked. The chefs at Bullys know what they're doing.

N
Palm Springs
54 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Food and service really good and the place could use a face lift and light.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

This place used to be so good. Terrible service and mediocre food. Won’t be returning.

BJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

My wife and I both ordered blackened prime rib same size. Her cut was considerably bigger than my cut. My cut was overly salted but still fine while her cut was perfectly seasoned. All the sides were excellent and service was great.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food2service4ambience5

Valentine’s Day dinner date with my daughter. The shrimp cocktail wasn’t cleaned properly. My prime rib was amazing. My daughters king crab tasted like it has sat out for a while

R
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food tasty. Food not as ordered. Prime rib over done, but tasty. Good amounts to eat. You won't go home hungry. Good meal, not great this night.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Ordered the prime rib (which was over priced) came out cold, manager walked over and I told him, he said “I’ll get you a new one.” Came back with the same plate and prime rib, just microwaved. So now it was pretty much a microwaved cooked chewy prime rib. Was a huge disappointment for Valentine’s Day dinner.

SR
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful in every way! What a way to spend a Valentine’s Day. My wife and I used to eat at Bully’s regularly during our courtship years back in the 70s. That was always such a memorable experience, and everything tonight was every bit as good as it was during those momentous years!

S
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just another great day at Bully's

CM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

It took a half hour for the waitress to take our order. The steak on the salad was very tough, raviolies too salty, and the prime rib was just okay. It seems like the quality of food has gone down over the years

BK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Normal for Bully’s that is why we always come back

B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Have dined at Bullys for many years. Was once very good but has fallen a long way since it's prime.

OT
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love their tossed cobb salad. I have been ordering this salad for years and it is always fresh and delicious. I like, that it has chicken and steak tossed in the salad.

G
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We came to enjoy the prime rib and it did not disappoint. The service was great BUT we made a reservation to come to celebrate a birthday and the booth we were given was right next to the kitchen. We kept hearing “do you have a Caesar salad for me? Did you hear me, did you hear me?” Got old fast... and made it difficult for us to visit.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday party

FT
Sacramento
32 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service. Friendly wait staff. Love the quiet atmosphere where you can actually have a conversation! The food is consistently very good. One of our favorite restaurants in San Diego.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was very kind and great.

MH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

It was Superbowl Sunday and very few people there so with that being said you'd have thought the service would have been better, but it wasn't. The charcuterie board for an appetizer was aweful. Stick to the beef sliders, prime rib etc...

MG
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Very disappointed in the prime rib 3 of us had, only 1 out of our group of 4 enjoyed their meal!

TP
San Diego
84 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Teriyaki Steak and Enchiladas for the first time - they are OUTSTANDING! This will be my "go to" dish from now on!

CD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food4service5ambience2

A business should not complain about minimum wage laws and attach surcharges. It’s a slap in the face to workers that you really want to pay them less.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

It was ok. We were seated back by the kitchen and water area so we heard everything the kitchen folks were discussing. The food was pretty good but I’d get the filet next time - the sirloin was a little tough.

CC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is truly an outstanding San Diego traditional steak house. Prime rib is the best in the County. Family-owned and operated, the staff is well-trained; the wine list very affordable; the portions are not skimpy; and we had a wonderful family anniversary dinner. Couldn't be happier.

DB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Our French onion soup was lukewarm. The macaroni and cheese was bland, the beef sliders had a weird sweet jam on them. It might be good it it wasn't sweet. My wedge salad had fake bacon and no blue cheese the blue cheese dressing was not tasty and lacked blue cheese chunks. My grilled fish sandwich was just plain nasty.
We had a nice booth in the bar to watch the football game and our server was fine and pleasant. Otherwise it was not good and I would not go back.

SW
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Prime Rib around!!

RF
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Love Bully’s

OT
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The prime rib was great - perfectly seasoned and cooked. Waitress and busboy very attentive. Reasonably priced happy hour drinks.

l
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

HORSERADISH CRUSTED PRIME RIB WAS NOT BEST CHOICE. WAS TOO MUCH BREADING AND RUINED PRIME RIB OVERALL. SERVICE WAS REALLY GOOD. JUST A BAD CHOICE BY ME I GUESS

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

-Unusual smell—perhaps the carpets need cleaning. Smells like stale beer, perhaps? The price seemed steep for the portion size, though the steaks were perfectly cooked. Service met expectations.

JD
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Always a great spot. Server was attentive, Pete the GM was charming. Will be back!

JB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This our second time going there Service was great and food was delicious

SG
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Stephanie was awesome!! The manager came by to make sure all was great.

O
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

If you are not into fancy, then this is your place, the food is good, service was a little slow, but not that big of a deal.

BC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The wait for our food was way too long. While we were waiting, our waitress never can in to check on us. My co-workers and I were very disappointed in the service. when we finally received our food, it wasn't hot. Every year my co-workers and I try to visit new places for our annual Christmas lunch and as I said we were very disappointed. As for recommending, I would but only if the service was better.

P
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Prime Rib and desert was excellent. Service was OK partly because it seemed to be a slow night and late in the evening. We were the last table to leave.

Overall it was a good experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

I read other reviews but wasn't deterred by negative comments. You won't know until you try it right?
Temperature of food on one dish ranged from cold potatoes to a country fried steak that scalded the roof of my mouth and burned me (my eyes watered) terrible. The prime rib hash, potatoes were not cooked all the way some were cold and it was bland. The bulky charbroiled burger, bun was cold meat tasted okay but it was not cooked as requested "well done" throughout. The silver dollar pancakes tasted like napkin paper, and the soda was flat ice had an off taste. The staff was friendly. But one of the plates didn't come out complete and when we asked for the side of sourdough it took a while so did the check. Place looks clean, food was not worth the money.

JO
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Service was slow, my enchiladas were cold. Took server awhile to take our order.

k
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always love Bully's. They were quite busy, but we were seated and had great service. The food was delicious and came out timely and hot.

c
Boise
39 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The last time I was at Bully’s East was probably 35 years ago. It will be another 35 years before I return. The food was good...not great, but what you would expect from an old school steak house. My cocktail was good, and they have a decent wine selection. I had prime rib, a baked potato and green salad. All well prepared, although a little bland. The ambiance was, again, what one would expect from an old steak house. My complaint about our meal was that the server was polite, but not friendly (maybe having a bad day?), and the food runner was downright rude. When the food was delivered, my friend asked for ketchup for her fries, and the food runner huffed and came back with the ketchup and put it down on the table hard and turned on her heels and walked away. Obviously, we had asked for the world! Not impressed with the visit...Unlikely to visit again.